Sunday, September 28, 2008

Plays and Playwrights 2009

I am very excited to announce the lineup for Plays and Playwrights 2009!

This is the 10th volume in our annual series of anthologies of new plays by never-before published playwrights. I think these eleven plays represent the vitality, diversity, and vibrancy of NYC's indie theater scene during the past year. Here they are, in the order I saw them:
  • Nowhere on the Border by Carlos Lacamara -- first produced at Repertorio Espanol in September 2007

  • Sister Cities by Colette Freedman -- NYC premiere at T. Schreiber Studio in October 2007

  • American Badass (or 12 Characters in Search of a National Identity) by Chris Harcum -- premiered at the FRIGID Festival in February 2008

  • Conversation Storm by Rick Burkhardt -- NYC premiere at the FRIGID Festival in February 2008

  • Hospital 2008 by Randy Sharp and Axis Company -- first produced at Axis Theater in June 2008

  • Death at Film Forum by Eric Bland -- premiered at The Film Festival: A Theatre Festival at the Brick Theatre in June 2008

  • TRACES/fades by Lenora Champagne -- premiered at the Ice Factory festival at the Ohio Theatre in July 2008

  • S/HE by Nanna "Nick" Mwaluko -- premiered at the Fresh Fruit Festival in July 2008

  • A Fire as Bright as Heaven by Tim Collins -- NYC premiere at the New York International Fringe Festival in August 2008

  • Krapp, 39 by Michael Laurence -- premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival in August 2008

  • Linus & Alora by Andrew Irons -- first produced by AndHow! Theater Company at the Flea in September 2008

A couple of striking things about this book: it features three solo pieces (the most I've ever had in any previous book is one), which may say something about the resurgence of that particular form; and four of the playwrights are not based in New York City, which I know reflects the ever-shrinking world we live in -- NYC theatre companies look outward more and more as they find intriguing work to mount, which is a great thing.

As you can see, seven of the plays this year come from theatre festivals, which is more than in any previous year (and not just FringeNYC). This, too, I think is indicative of a change in the theatrical landscape.

Plays and Playwrights 2009 is targeted for publication in February 2009. You will be hearing much more about it between now and then... and I will be telling you soon about a new and exciting series of events we're planning where you will be able to meet many of this year's new playwrights! Watch for details here and on


Johnna Adams said...

I am so excited to read these!

I was in a writing workshop in Los Angeles (lead by the amazing Leon Martell) with Carlos Lacamera while he was writing Nowhere on the Border. Wonderful to see him getting the recognition he deserves for this script!

RLewis said...

sorry this is off topic, but don't know where else to put it, but: Congratulations on the mention in today's NYTimes. Way to go!